2016 proved to be a busy year for The Island Trust, with over 600 young people sailing with us, many of them disadvantaged/disabled. We now look forward to 2017 and our bookings are already looking healthy. As always, the biggest barrier to us supporting even more people is finance. The cost of running the charity and maintaining the boats is considerable. Most of our client group could not contemplate the full cost of a voyage, so our bursaries are in much demand and our boats are subject to much wear and tear. We are proud of the fact that we have never turned a deserving young sailor away on grounds of their inability to find the full funds.

In 2017 we will hold a fundraising dinner and although we are still finalising the finer details, perhaps you might consider reserving a table for your staff, clients, or even just for yourselves and a group of friends. In 2013 our 40th Anniversary Dinner raised an amazing £80,000!

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Venue: The Royal Thames Yacht Club, 60 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LF (almost next to the Sloane Street exit of Knightsbridge underground station – Piccadilly Line)
Proposed timings: Champagne Reception 7:00pm, Dinner 8:00pm, Carriages 11:30pm. There may be a late cash bar for those who wished to stay on for a drink after dinner
Dress code: Black Tie
Ticket price: £180 per head
Tables and seating: RTYC can seat 174 people at 15 tables, made up of 12 tables of 12 and three tables of 10 (a table of 12 would cost £2,160 and a table of 10 £1,800)
Auctioneer: Nick Bonham, in principle lined up
Guest speaker: yet to be confirmed

It will be a great night, with much fun and sparkle, as well as a cracking auction of a whole manner of things!

Please contact us for more information.